Ballarat & the Eureka Stockade

Ballarat is renowned for the events of 1854 which became the Eureka Stockade.  Because James Ford moved from Otago in New Zealand to Ballarat it perhaps opportune to make some notes about this important even in Ballarat’s and Australia’s history.  I have therefore added a page devoted to this subject which can be found here.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

2 thoughts on “Ballarat & the Eureka Stockade

  1. Your site is really interesting; thank you. My wife’s great great grandfather Matthew Campbell was born (1820) at Lochwinnock and his son James (1845) at Millport. Matthew’s wife Anne Wood died when James was very young and, with new wife Isabella, the trio emigrated to Australia and the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s where they established a machinery business. Matthew and Isabella returned to Scotland some years later. Matthew died and was buried at Rothesay while Isabella is buried, I believe, at Millport – certainly her death certificate listed that as her address. You may have seen some writings re James who went on to become a member of the Victorian parliament in both the upper and lower houses and a government minister.
    There seems to have been precious little imagination on the naming front. Matthew’s father was James (1792-1885) and James’ father another Matthew (born ca 1760). All were, I believe, born at Lochwinnock.
    Eric (whose surname escapes me but he’s involved with the Millport Photos Facebook site) mentioned that a study was made several years ago of burials in (West?) Ayrshire. Have you heard of that work?
    I’ve subscribed to your site and I and my wife Liz MGrath look forward to reading more. Liz’s mum was a Campbell and James’ granddaughter. The McGrath thing came about when the Irish came galloping over the rise. Interestingly, the McGraths emigrated to Australia much the same time as the Campbells and farmed country outside St Arnaud – not far from the Bendigo goldfields. It must have been a much smaller world in those days. Cheers, Rob Gill


    • Hello Rob. What a pleasant surprise. Thank you for your very informative post. With respect to names, it seems at the time most families followed the time-honoured tradition of naming their children in a set sequence after their respective parents and grandparents. I have elaborated on this practice on the website on the page, The Story Behind the Story of Samuel Ford. The practice can be helpful in tracking elusive ancestors. Thank you for your appreciation. John Ford


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